NO other essential oil company does what Young Living Essential Oils does to produce the most pure, most genuine, AUTHENTIC, highest quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils in the world. We have THE most stringent standards in the industry. This standard or process is called SEED-TO-SEAL… the short definition means growing from seed, harvesting, distilling, and TESTING every single batch of essential oil, formulating, packaging, and marketing pure, authentic therapeutic-grade essential oils and this whole process IS what separates us from the competition.
• We’ve been at this since 1994, and we’re just getting started.
• We were the first to infuse supplements with essential oils and found that doing so drastically increases the absorption rate of nutrients.
• We offer oils yes, plus a whole host of other OIL-INFUSED products…. supplements, personal care products to include oral care, hair care, bath & body care, facial and skin care line, our SLIQUE Weight Management line, and of course our other two very popular product lines… our truly “green” essential oil infused THIEVES line of products and NingXia Red- our top-rated powerful antioxidant juice/SUPERFOOD…. and so much more!
If you’ve been approached by another essential oil company you might want to ask them…
1.) How long have you been in business? (You already know how long Young Living has been in business.)
2.) Do your oils have expiration dates? (Young Living oils don’t have expiration dates. Pure, unadulterated oils when stored properly can last for millenia and have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, still viable after thousands of years.)
…and then ask the following CRITICAL questions first BEFORE proceeding.
Twelve Questions to ask an Essential Oil Company
by Dr. David Stewart
“We are finding ourselves more frequently approached by competing essential oil companies to sell and promote their brand. They always claim to have “pure therapeutic-grade oils” as good or better than those of Young Living.” Maybe they do and maybe they don’t. Here are some questions to ask when approached by another essential oil company:
1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?
2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?
3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)
4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?
5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?
6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinate delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?
7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?
8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?
9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.
10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?
11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?
12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?
This is not a comprehensive list of questions you could ask, but if their answer to any or most of the above is “no,” or “I don’t know,” then how do they know their oils are “pure therapeutic grade” and that they are “as good or better than those of Young Living?” Without such knowledge, how can they make any verifiable claims that compare Young Living Oils with their brand?
With Young Living, you know that the answer to all of these questions is “Yes.”
Young Living owns and operates four large farms in Utah, Idaho, France, and Ecuador (at the time this article was written), all of which were clean and free of chemicals for at least 50 years before Young Living agreed to buy the land. In fact, the land in Idaho had never been farmed before Young Living, and the Ecuador farm is being cleared from primitive jungle, free from human contamination for thousands of years.
Young Living also has an expertly staffed, fully equipped laboratory for testing oils including a gas chromatograph, a mass spectrometer, and other equipment whose value adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Young Living also has small labs on their farms to test the plants right from the field as they mature to determine the exact season and time of day to harvest the crop for the best oil. This is necessary because plants change their chemistry throughout the season and throughout the day, varying from week to week and hour to hour.
Gary Young is one of the few people in the world who can smell an oil and tell you what compounds are present, which are missing, and in what quantities. An essential oil company needs a person like that to check every batch of oil to make sure it is up to therapeutic grade standards. Such people can discern certain aspects of oil chemistry that a laboratory cannot measure.
Young Living markets more than 100 species of oils and cannot possible raise them all on their own farms. When they purchase from other growers and suppliers, they may not only initially (conduct) site visits to verify that the oils are being produced and packaged properly, but they have a program of making repeated visits from time to time to make sure the standards are being upheld.
Gary Young has personally trained his distillers in the art of distilling. Besides the science to know exactly how to pack the cookers, the still operator must also learn the art of how to listen to the sounds of the steam inside the cooker and to be able to feel the outside of the cooker and diagnose how things are going inside to determine what adjustments need to be made.
Young Living distills oils at minimum pressures and temperatures to gently coax the oil and all of its compounds into the finished product, even though significant money, time, and labor can be saved by distilling at high pressures and high temperatures, like many companies do. High pressure/high temperature distillation may produce an oil with the fragrance compounds of an oil, but not with the therapeutic compounds. Young Living never uses solvents to finish off the distilling process as many companies do.
By climbing inside of an actual cooker and visually noting the patterns of steam flow, Gary Young was able to determine that a dome-shaped lid caused the oil-bearing steam to curl and back flow into the plant mass, thus altering the chemistry and losing some constituents, while a cone-shaped lid allowed the steam to spiral directly up, out, and into the condenser without turbulence.
Many of the techniques and skills applied in growing and distilling Young Living oils are trade secrets, known only to Gary Young and his trusted employees.
Young Living oils are bottled as they emerge from the still in their complete natural state without adulteration (adding compounds) or refinement (removing compounds).
In a few instances when mistakes were made and a batch of oil grown and distilled by Young Living did not measure up to Gary Young’s standards, the oil was discarded, poured out on the ground. Some companies would have sold such oil anyhow, if not to their customers, then to another retailer. Young Living will never do that. They would rather be in short supply of a given species than to market an inferior product.
While you are asking questions to another company representative, you might also ask how long they have been in business? Young Living was founded in 1991. Gary bought its first farm in 1992 near St. Maries, Idaho, and its second farm in 1995 near Mona, Utah. Gary Young and the company are committed to ensuring a current and future supply of top grade essential oils indefinitely into the future.
If you ever get the opportunity, visit a Young Living farm and distillery and you will begin to see for yourself the care and dedication it takes to produce the finest essential oils in the world.
The factors that make Young Living unique and outstanding in the world of essential oil companies are so numerous they cannot all be presented in an article like this.”
Dr. Stewart continues… “…you cannot afford to use oils whose chemistry and origins are uncertain. I have complete trust in the quality and integrity of Young Living oils. That is why I will neither use nor consider any other brand.”
NOTE: The number of farms and distilleries that Young Living owns is growing all the time as we continue to expand globally. For more on this topic visit this page: Young Living has the World’s Largest Herb Farms!
The charts below are reprinted with permission from Day Three • Young Living’s Facebook Page
WHAT DOES THERAPEUTIC-GRADE MEAN?
Prior to Young Living there were NO standards by which to measure therapeutic quality of essential oils as the AFNOR standards that exist were developed for the perfume industry. Gary Young actually coined the term “therapeutic-grade” in regards to essential oils to distinguish between the two. Because there is still no set standard, many other essential oil companies have jumped on the bandwagon and use the same term, or say their oils are “certified”. Anyone can label their bottle “therapeutic-grade”, or anything else they want because there is NO standardization of the industry, other than the AFNOR standards set for the perfume industry. Young Living’s SEED-TO-SEAL process is what sets us apart from the rest of the industry. There is no other essential oil company in the world that goes to the same great lengths, or that has the same stringent standards to ensure that each and every bottle produced is the highest quality oil, providing you with consistent, reliable results, time after time.
Young Living distills every plant for a SPECIFIC temperature, a SPECIFIC amount of pressure, and a SPECIFIC amount of time in order to assure that ALL the chemical constituents will be available in the final product. We take the time to gently coax the plant to release the oil and all of its compounds into the finished product. Significant money, time, and labor could be saved by distilling at high pressures and high temperatures, like most companies do. This process ensures that all the constituents that make the oil therapeutic-grade are present at the right percentage. You can have a pure oil, but if the plant is distilled at the wrong time of day or with incorrect distillation procedures, the constituents that make the oils therapeutic will NOT be there, and the resulting essential oil will NOT have a therapeutic-grade profile. High pressure/high temperature distillation may produce an oil with the fragrance compounds of an oil, but not with the therapeutic compounds. Young Living never uses solvents to finish off the distilling process as many companies do. Young Living oils are bottled as they emerge from the still in their complete natural state without adulteration (adding compounds) or refinement (removing compounds).
Many of the techniques and skills applied in growing and distilling Young Living oils are trade secrets, known only to Gary Young and his trusted employees. By climbing inside of an actual cooker and visually noting the patterns of steam flow, Gary Young was able to determine that a dome-shaped lid caused the oil-bearing steam to curl and back flow into the plant mass, thus altering the chemistry and losing some constituents, while a cone-shaped lid allowed the steam to spiral directly up, out, and into the condenser without turbulence.
PROVING PURITY AND CHEMICAL COMPONENTS
Young Living has an unwavering commitment to producing pure, authentic essential oils so we conduct many different tests on our essential oils… its part of our SEED-TO-SEAL process.
Dr. Stewart reaffirms that Young Living is the only one company from North America “that regularly sends samples to Europe to ascertain compliance with EC-AFNOR-ISO standards for essential oils.” He goes on to say “that fulfilling the AFNOR_ISO standard is not sufficient to prove if an oil is of therapeutic value. The therapeutic grade action of an oil depends on the chemical properties of an oil which are dependent on several factors… where and how it was grown, harvesting methods, distillation processes, climate, altitude, how it was packaged, and even what time of day it was harvested. These are factors not considered by AFNOR-ISO.
NO ANIMAL TESTING
Young Living® has a policy against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young Living’s products are formulated to be safe for nearly all users; therefore, animal testing is neither required nor performed in our product development process. Animal testing is not required nor performed with Young Living products sold domestically or in any of our International markets.
Young Living has set the standard
that everyone else is trying to reach
that everyone else is trying to reach
Other companies are constantly comparing themselves to Young Living. Many people ask me how Young Living compares to other companies, one in particular. As you can see on this chart, there is NO comparison! Young Living has set the standard that everyone else is trying to reach. There are things you might not now about Young Living that may be as important to you as they are to me. Young Living is the “BEST” of the best! Its a bold statement yes, but because of our entire Seed-to-Seal process and all that it entails, we’re confident that we have the very best essential oils in the world. There are many essential oil users, especially massage therapists, who were total skeptics of our claims who, after doing a side-by-side test of their brand of oils with ours, are now full-fledged, PASSIONATE users of Young Living’s essential oils. They were blown away at the results our oils produced and have gladly made the switch.
Personally, I prefer to purchase my oils from the teacher, not the student; from the grower/distiller, not a company that simply brokers or resales oils. When it comes to purchasing essential oils, I don’t want just good oils, I want the “cream of the crop”, not the leftovers. No other essential oil company has the “Seed-to-Seal” process, much less invites anyone that wants, to come participate in it. Talk about transparency! With Young Living’s Seed-to-Seal process I’m assured of consistent, reliable results and believe their process places them head and shoulders above the competition.
In the final analysis, regardless of the “camp” that you may be in you should ask yourself… “Can using essential oils have a positive impact in my life?” I believe the answer is a resounding yes. Just look at all the academic research being done on essential oils. I believe that there are a few “good” oils out in the market but I have neither the time, nor the money, to try and figure out which ones. Anyway, why would I settle for good when I can have the BEST with Young Living, especially knowing that they provide me with consistent, reliable results? Apparently there are many celebrities and professionals who also agree!
If you’re considering other companies I suggest you ask them the same questions. I’m confident anyone doing so, and conducting their own thorough review of the “facts” will come to the same conclusion as myself. I prefer to take the high road. I encourage everyone to do their own research, let the facts speak for themselves, and then decide whats best for them. And lastly… if you’re still unsure I challenge you to do a side-by-side test.
So if you’ve used essential oils before but are less than thrilled with the results it may be because you were using inferior oils. Don’t throw the proverbial “baby” (essential oils) out with the bath water. Give Young Living Essential Oils a try… in my opinion they are the leader in essential oils and sincerely believe that you’ll notice the difference once you’ve experienced the REAL THING!